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MMS2011 Television Studio Production

Semester 2, 2011 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts

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Examiner: Ashley Jones
Moderator: Daryl Sparkes


This course provides students with an understanding of the basic skills of video and television production. Students will be introduced to production planning and elementary production techniques, both in the studio and on location. This course can not be taken as an Option or Elective.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. be familiar with the operational of and safety equipment for: Location cameras and audio
    gear; Computers - utilising media processing software; Multi-media laboratory systems
    and data storage management; Multi-camera Television Studio;
  2. comprehend the coverage requirements of multi-camera environments, as well as showing the ability to plan and problem-solve in order to execute them to a suitable standard;
  3. demonstrate a clear understanding of the relationship between pre and post production
  4. demonstrate an ability to work equitably with others, while at the same time willingly
    provide and share ideas/creative input;
  5. demonstrate an ability to plan and manage resources/facilities, in order to meet deadlines
    and availability.
  6. demonstrate communication skills appropriate to the discipline by preparing a video production and group contract/diary.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Production Management and Working Collectively 20.00
2. Multi-camera Direction 20.00
3. TV Studio Operations 60.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 65.00
Lectures 13.00
Private Study 61.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 PROJECT 100 30 09 Sep 2011 1,2,4,5 U3,U4,U9 2,2,2 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 TV PRODUCTION 100 50 28 Oct 2011 All U2,U4,U5,U6,U8,U9 2,2,2,2,2,2 (see note 2)
GROUP PRODUCTION DIARY 100 20 28 Oct 2011 2,4,5 U2,U4,U6,U8 2,2,2,2 (see note 3)

  1. Due dates for all assessment items will be advised at beginning of semester. This assessment item aligns with Objectives 1, 2, 4 & 5.
  2. This assessment item aligns with Objectives 1-5.
  3. This assessment item aligns with Objectives 2, 4 & 5.

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following USQ Graduate Skills are associated with the sucessful completion of this course.
Problem solving (U2)Intermediate (Level 2)
Academic, professional and digital literacy (U3)Intermediate (Level 2)
Written and oral communication (U4)Intermediate (Level 2)
Interpersonal skills (U5)Intermediate (Level 2)
Teamwork (U6)Intermediate (Level 2)
Management, planning and organisational skills (U8)Intermediate (Level 2)
Creativity, initiative and enterprise (U9)Intermediate (Level 2)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities (such as
    workshops and consultation with supervisors) scheduled for them, and to study all material
    provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting
    the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and
    administration. For this course, normal class attendance consists of one 2 hour lecture and
    one 1 hour tutorial per week.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least
    50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction
    with Statement 4 below.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances and
    without prior approval, then a penalty of a maximum of 5% of the assigned mark may
    apply for each working day late, up to a maximum of 10 working days, at which time a
    mark of zero can be recorded for that assignment

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the
    total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted
    marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no exam for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Given the details under (6) above, there are no deferred exams for this course. However,
    if any deferred/makeup work is granted, it would have to be submitted by a date set by
    the examiner.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must lodge the assignment at the USQ. (b) All Faculty of Arts assignments must be lodged in the submission box at the Springfield Campus no later than 12.000 noon on the due date. (c) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show
    holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the
    assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (d).
    Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched
    to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner. (e) In accordance with University's
    Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an
    extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as
    documented ill-health. (f) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments
    in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course
    within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM
    (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the
    examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a
    period of non-directed personal study. (g) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or
    employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination
    at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the course. Such a request must
    be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary
    grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete
    Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon
    knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling
    in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate
    communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or
    numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect
    to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Other requirements

  1. In planning group assignments which involve production, students will be responsible for
    booking equipment, facilities and studio time for their own assignments.

  2. You are reminded that television production work is a GROUP activity. The success of
    some of your assignments will, therefore, depend upon your ability to work with, and
    through, a group of people. The development of that professional/social skill is a part of
    your training in this subject. In those kinds of assignments, therefore, a GROUP MARK
    will be awarded. However, it should be clearly understood that a student who, through
    default, causes a significant disadvantage to a group production, may NOT be awarded
    the group mark.

  3. It is highly recommended that students should complete the following courses in order to successfully complete the assessment: MMS1011 and MMS1012.